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A Curious and Ingenious Art: Reflections on Daguerreotypes at Harvard Hardcover – 30 Nov 2000


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: University of Iowa Press (30 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877457247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877457244
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.8 x 25.4 cm
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"Banta's study saves daguerreotypy from being tossed of as an archival curio by keeping her project relatively simple and steering clear of convoluted aesthetics. She refrains from alienating the reader by refusing to participate in the shop-talk that all too often accompanies artistic discussions."--Nicole Duclos, "Rain Taxi"

"Banta is highly effective in relating the daguerreotype process to the interests and social positions of those in the pictures, including Oliver Wendell Holmes, James McNeill Whistler, Henry James, and Harriet Beecher Stoowe... Highly recommended for academic history of photography collections."--Eric Lindermann, "Library Journal"

Banta s study saves daguerreotypy from being tossed of as an archival curio by keeping her project relatively simple and steering clear of convoluted aesthetics. She refrains from alienating the reader by refusing to participate in the shop-talk that all too often accompanies artistic discussions. Nicole Duclos, "Rain Taxi""

Banta is highly effective in relating the daguerreotype process to the interests and social positions of those in the pictures, including Oliver Wendell Holmes, James McNeill Whistler, Henry James, and Harriet Beecher Stoowe Highly recommended for academic history of photography collections. Eric Lindermann, "Library Journal""

About the Author

Melissa Banta is the Adler curatorial associate at the Weissman Preservation Center at Harvard University Library. She is coauthor of "The Invention of Photography and Its Impact on Learning, A Timely Encounter: Nineteenth-Century Photographs of Japan, " and "From Site to Sight: Anthropology, Photography, and the Power of Imagery."


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